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will be buzzing with political chatter tonight. first lady michelle obama will take center stage at the democratic national convention, just about two hours from now. nbc bay area's steve handelsman is live in charlotte, north carolina. steve, the bar is high for this speech. >> reporter: thanks, janelle. good evening from the dnc. democrats hope michelle obama helps. they know the polls are close. they know the president's likability, according to the polls, has been fading in the past few days. they hope social networks help. they've actually been posting some -- no surprise about this -- favorable tweets up on the big screens here at the dnc. the whole point is to try to fire up democrats and independent voters. despite the lack of fire reported today in the u.s. economy. >> now come to order! >> reporter: the democratic convention began in charlotte without president obama. [ cheers ] >> reporter: he went to norfolk and did not mention the economic news. factory activity down for a third straight month. construction spending way down in july. >> on thursday night, i will offer what i believe i
motors is alive! >> in charlotte, michelle obama checked out the convention hall where she speaks tomorrow night. outside democrats gathered and debated what barack obama ought to emphasize. >> bin laden and all of this, as far as health care, trying to change it. he stepped in a mess. it wasn't him that created it. >> i think he needs to shoot holes in what romney is going around mouthing off about. >> mitt romney's runningmate, paul ryan came to north carolina, claiming the president cannot run on his record. >> he can't tell you that you're belter off, simply put, the jimmy carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are right now. >> romney took the day off, boating at his home in new hampshire. a new gallop poll find romney got no boost from voters from his convention. like the republicans, the democrats are running a three-day convention, not four. like last week this one will climax on thursday night in primetime, jessica. with president obama's acceptance speech. >> steve, at the last convention before he, he became president, before he be came president,
. better even than a bill clinton or michelle obama speech. this group of numbers on the screen is what democratic operatives have been dreaming about for months. a huge stock market rally going into the president's turn to talk tonight. it doesn't have anything to do with politics, really. it's because of increasing hope for a better economy and a red-hot tech sector here in silicon valley leading to the highest nasdaq close since 2000. even better news and at least bigger news expected tomorrow, that's when the august employment report is released. a survey of economists today predicting fairly strong job growth. that optimism is why stocks went up so much today and it's what the democrats would love to wake up to tomorrow morning. because while silicon valley job growth has been steady and strong, the nation's jobless rate has been above 8% for 42 straight months. and that has hurt the president. janelle? >> yeah, it certainly has. thanks so much and all eyes will be on that jobs report tomorrow. >>> tonight the president will speak about the economy. the bar is high after a virtuoso
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